Khateebah Dr. Rose Aslan delivers the 2nd khutbah at The Women's Mosque of America on Friday, February 20th, 2015. After listening to an inspiring first khutbah by Edina Lekovic, who challenged the congregation to step up and into more leadership roles, Dr. Aslan was the congregant sitting in the audience who rose to the challenge and decided to volunteer to give the next khutbah, as she had written khutbahs for men before but had never once delivered her own.
Bio: A recent transplant to Southern California, Dr. Rose Aslan is an Assistant Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She teaches courses on Islam, Global Religions, and the Abrahamic Traditions in Comparative Focus. Her research focuses on the construction of sacred space, ritual, and pilgrimage in medieval Iraq and other medieval and contemporary Islamic contexts, including America. She is also active in inter-religious engagement in various communities.
Dr. Aslan received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with her dissertation on the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf and Sunni-Shi’i debates and Shi’i pilgrimage rituals at Ali’s shrine. She received her MA in Arab Studies from the American University in Cairo, and her BA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of British Columbia.
Mu'adthinah Travina Springer calls the 2nd adthan for The Women's Mosque of America on February 20th, 2015. A recent convert to Islam, Travina inspired the congregation of women and children as she courageously stepped into this new leadership role of calling her sisters to prayer.